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RATINGS: 1246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2006
The head starts out beautiful with a lacing that clings to the glass nicely, really nice. Has a dark black color. The smell has a plum flavor to it along with a sweet coffee smell. Taste is smooth and sweet with some fruitiness. Dark fruit mixes with sweet dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and smooth, very enjoyable. I would like to have another one of these in the near future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvp (241) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bought 4 pack bottles. Used shaker. Nice flavor. One of the bottles I poured in a tulip. This is when all the good aromas and flavors came out. I can smell a hint of cinnamon. Highly recomend drinking out of a snifter or tulip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1374) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. Other than the live carbonation, the body is black as night. Roasted notes, also licorice, vanilla, cocoa. Another smooth stout, and hard to notice the 9% ABV. Good and warming. As far as Imperial Stouts go, I can’t see this as being any better than average. I guess I was expecting more, although most of the Imp Stouts I’ve had are top of the line, so I guess the lower score is expected, now seeing that this is 67.4% for the style. I do like the somewhat tangy hoppy bitter finish here. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2006
i like my stouts and this is a good imperial stout not too sweet and bitter very smooth and drinkable i will enjoy more

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Thanks to Ohio Dad for this one. The pour was obsidian, with 2-finger brown head. Aroma of huge dark roasty malt, chocoff, some brown sugar, and ints of maduro cigar tobacco. The flavor was roasty dark malty, with a rich chocolate syrup element coupled with espresso, molasses, and slight brown sugar. The mouth was rich, creamy, complex, and in my mind, not deductible. If you like big stouts, you’ll like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2006
via trade with Ohiodad - Pours a deep brown with a faint tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Light chocolate, roasted flavor. Not as estery as some of the other IS. I like that. Very smooth and easy to drink. Very good beer. Thanks Scott.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Black. Dense, light brown head. Aroma and flavor of smores, roasted malt, dark fruits, anise, subtle alcohol, vinous notes, and slightly resinous hops. Full, smooth body. Great stuff. Have to try the barrel aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Pours dark, dark brown. Some roasted malt in the nose and again on the tongue. Some chocolate and coffee. Sweet middle, and bitter finish. Not as strong of a flavor wollop as most Imperials. A little subdued. Nice Label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Dark, Dark, Dark. Like Dr. Pepper in the glass. Enthusiastic, albeit short-lived big rocky tan head. Aromas of crackers, black bread, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, alcohol and hops. Huge flavor -- massive malt, hills of hops, sweet, malty, chocolately, bitter blend of power and grace. The malt is wonderfully roasted and full of maltose and caramel and the hops lend a pleasant herbal background with a wallop of bitterness. On the mouth, it’s thick, rich and full. Not a sessioner. Like a barleywine with balls, I suppose. Thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle - Pours deep dark brown with thin tan head. Smells of rich dark chocolate. Palate is medium in body. Taste is roasty malted chocolatey sweet that finishes with bitter-sweet black coffee notes. Very faint alcohol taste. Overall a very good Imperial Stout, but not quite as complex as some others I’ve had.

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